Glasgow Soundscapes: Place, Space and Memory…

June 11th, 2016

15opqtA double dose of radio news:

Nichola Scrutton has curated an online radio programme of Glasgow soundscapes for WebSYNradio in France. The programme plays on repeat 24-hours a day for the duration of the broadcast and includes one of the very first soundscape pieces I ever made ‘Non-Members Night Out’. You can tune in between 16th – 30th June here:  http://synradio.fr/
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A special redux version of Wave Farm’s Climactic Climate series for Kunstradio was aired on Deutschlandradio Kultur last week. The programme includes excerpts from ‘Domestic Weather’ – a programme I made with members of the West of Scotland Amateur Radio Association. The programme is archived for online listening or download here
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Mondo Vernon & Burns – Thursday 14th April

April 13th, 2016

Mondo V & B 1Thursday, 14th April from 8pm. Tickets £7 available in advance or on the door.

The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane, Glasgow

Mondo Vernon & Burns – A history of Mondo films viewed through the distorting lens of Vernon & Burns: a queasy combination of visual savagery with audio sweetness. A special one-off screening event as part of the Old Hairdressers Fantom Cinema. The film was edited by Vilte Vaitkute and features a narrated essay by Anna McLauchlan.

“A film so debased should not only be restricted to people over 18 years of age, it should also be rejected by anyone with a modicum of self-respect and by all nations that refuse contaminated and rotten merchandise. – review of Mondo Cane by the Catholic Film Office of France

“I fear you will never persuade the Americans to like Jacopetti – they hate moral ambiguity and their black and white Protestantism clashes head on into the catholic relativism built into every frame of the Mondo Cane films.” – JG Ballard

“A catalogue of horrors…..a hymn to death and mutilation, embellished with a shrug and a giggle.” – Monthly Film Bulletin

Plus Joe Howe will present ‘Era Burp Mesh / Rumba Sphere / Re: Bum Phrase / Mr Rebus Heap’, which is an algorythmically sequenced re-edit of Kon Ichikawa’s 1956 anti-war film, The Burmese Harp made using Max MSP – and the human-machine music of Anneke Kampman.

Advance tickets available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2526484

 

 

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Resonance Extra Residency – Friday 18th December

December 17th, 2015

Resoanace Extra logoFor a special 6-hour long Resonance Extra Residency I have raided the radio archives of my hard drives to put together a selection of works old and new. There are some seasonal pieces as well as some things that had been gathering dust that I thought needed to see the light of day again. Works include: Christmas Rewind, Audiology for Beginners, The Vernon & Burns Hour, The Tonic Garden, plus more.

Broadcast: Friday, 18th December, 6pm – midnight.

Listen on DAB in the Brighton area or listen online here: https://extra.resonance.fm/

Resonance Extra is a pioneering new digital radio platform launched in December 2015, available on DAB to listeners in Central Brighton and online to the rest of the world. Dedicated foremost to the global artistic community and with a focus on long–form international music programming and sonic experimentation, Resonance Extra exists to mobilise diverse and emergent communities of sound artists, musicians, broadcasters, academics and expert curators.

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Sounds of the Modern Hospital – now available as digital download

December 5th, 2015

Due to popular demand the Sounds of the Modern Hospital  sound effects LP is now available as a digital download from Bandcamp. There are still a limited number of vinyl copies for sale so get them while they last!

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Making Conversations

October 11th, 2015

Making Conversations – 13th October 2015 by Resonance Fm on Mixcloud

resonance_fm_logoI will be appearing as a guest on Resonance FM’s Making Conversations show on Tuesday, 13th October at 4pm.

“Through this radio series Professor Andrew Prescott of the University of Glasgow and writer and curator Bronac Ferran explore with leading artists, makers, scholars and craftsmen how digital methods are transforming the intersection between making, materiality and practice in different media and art forms. Sound is increasingly emerging as a material for use by makers. How does sound compare to the other media in which artists and makers work? In this conversation, Professor Andrew Prescott explores these issues with the sound artist and radio producer Mark Vernon”.

The series is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council ‘Digital Transformations’ theme.

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Circular Thinking at the Workington Hub

October 11th, 2015


hubCircular Thinking, a new quadraphonic soundwork by Jenn Mattinson and Mark Vernon will be presented on Workington’s outdoor ambisonic surround sound system The Hub this Saturday, 10th October from 1-3 pm.

Over the past year Jenn and Mark have collected interviews and field recordings pertaining to all manner of circular processes, circuits, loops and rotating things throughout the region of Cumbria. The material used in the composition of the piece includes recordings of a potters wheel, a launderette, wind turbines, speedway races, a water mill, bicycle wheels, a clock restorer’s workshop and a tour of the Cranston’s sausage factory where they make the famous spiralled Cumberland ring sausages.

Circular Thinking was commissioned by the Octopus Collective.

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Jewel of the Ear with Torsten Lauschmann and Vernon & Burns

October 5th, 2015

12042856_835385133242460_6121877154692300247_nFriday 9th October, 8.00pm.

The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane.

As part of a night featuring music by Jewel of the Ear and Torsten Lauschmann, Vernon & Burns  present a live musical with dead dummies that delves into the seedy underworld of East End gangsters in Vernon & Burns meet The Kray Twins.

For more details see here

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Folded Wing Listening Post

August 31st, 2015

672-600-1For an insight into my radio listening habits check out the Folded Wing Listening Post – a top-five list of radio selections from a different  guest producer each week. Past editions have included Felix Kubin, Anna Ramos, Michael Umney and Eleanor McDowall. My nomination for the following weeks post is Parisian sound and radio art duo Dinah Bird and Jean-Philippe Renoult.

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Circular Thinking at Full of Noises

July 29th, 2015

workshop cropA weekend of new music and sound art, 31st July – 2nd August, 2015.

Various venues around Barrow-in Furness.

As part of the FON festival 2015 Mark Vernon & Jenn Mattinson premiere a new multi-channel work created for The Hub – an open-air ambisonic sound system in Workington town centre. Over the past year they have collected interviews and field recordings pertaining to circular processes, circuits, loops and all manner of rotating things throughout the region of Cumbria. The material used in the composition of the piece includes recordings of a potters wheel, a launderette, wind turbines, speedway races, a water mill, bicycle wheels, a clock restorer and a tour of the Cranston’s sausage factory where they make the famous spiralled Cumberland ring sausages. This first incarnation of the piece will be diffused through the ‘Hear This Space’ sound system in a specially arranged quadrophonic mix.

Saturday, 1st August, 15:00, Art Gene main gallery space.

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Domestic Weather on Kunstradio and WGXC

May 22nd, 2015

QSL Card Tornado 300dpiDomestic Weather is the latest programme in the ‘Climactic Climate’ series curated by Wave Farm and commissioned by ORF Kunstradio – Radiokunst. Produced by Mark Vernon, the programme features interviews with members of Glasgow’s West Of Scotland Amateur Radio Society (WOSARS) and will be aired on:

Sunday, 31st May, 2015, 11pm – 11.55pm (10pm – 10.55pm GMT) on ORF1, Kunstradio, Vienna.

Saturday, June 13th, 2015, 11am – 12pm (6am – 7am GMT) on WGXC 90.7 FM in the Greene and Columbia counties, USA.

To listen live to WGXC online follow the instructions here

“Can this cold weather possibly be caused by the wireless waves which, I understand, travel at 186,000 miles per second? You see, if the ether waves travel at such a prodigious speed through the air, they surely must create quite a stir and a draught, especially as I understand that they pass through, and not round the house.”

(from Technical Talks To ‘Listeners’, Popular Wireless, Jan 5th,1924)

Domestic Weather is a parallel exploration of radio transmissions as carriers of meteorological data and the effects of weather on the propagation of radio signals. Through a series of interviews ham radio operators describe the positive and negative effects that atmospheric conditions have on their broadcasts. Their voices are interwoven with examples of meteorological information conveyed through radio such as weather, shipping and aviation forecasts and transmissions intercepted from Radiosondes – small weather probes that are sent into the atmosphere by balloon. Also interspersed throughout the programme are a number of ‘Domestic Weather’ experiments. Using household appliances as analogies of various weather conditions, real audio recordings of weather are micro-broadcast to small radios inside or in the vicinity of these devices with the resulting duet recorded – for example, the sound of a tornado coming from inside a tumble dryer, heavy rain in the shower or howling winds alongside a hairdryer – thus drawing attention to the micro-climate of our own domestic environment.

Special thanks to Gavin Mitchell and all members of the West Of Scotland Amateur Radio Society.

Supported by Creative Scotland.

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